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The Porch Wizard - The Plan!
Yes, depending on your local building codes and on whether you'll hire someone to build your porch, you may need the services of a draftsman or architect.
Don't sell yourself short
However, you'll save time and money if you commit your design to paper (or computer, if you have a basic drawing program) before initially contacting a professional. Also, it's very likely you now know more about the porch and it's components than many architects and contractors! It's understandable if your head is reeling a bit right now. Take heart. . . the fun is about to begin!
Your knowledge foundation
It was necessary for me to present the previous information so you'd have a firm foundation upon which to make design decisions. If you've been paying attention you're now ready to design a beautifully proportioned, enjoyable, permanent addition to your home!
What you'll need
A good starting point is a sheet of ruled graph paper. Decide how many inches each square represents (the scale of your drawing) and note this at the top of the page. You'll also need a sharp pencil, a straight-edged instrument (such as a ruler), and a metal measuring tape.
[continues on p. 168 of Porch Design book]